Clinton, S.C. – Salina Virola recorded her third double-double of the season with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team to a 70-54 win over USC Upstate at the Templeton Center.

How it Happened

The first half was tightly contested with eight lead changes and the largest lead being just four points.

Upstate took a 17-13 lead late in the first quarter off a layup from DeNisha Swain, but free throws from Shamani Stafford and Kacie Hall tied the game at 17-17 after ten minutes.

The Spartans again grew their lead to four points, 23-19, after back-to-back layups from Brianna Lewis in the second quarter. However, Bria Gibbs tied the game at 23-23 with a pair of layups of her own and forced a timeout from the Spartans’ head coach with 4:56 to play in the half.

Despite Michaela Gibbons and Anda Kuzmina each hitting a three down the stretch, PC began to grasp the momentum and held a 33-31 advantage at halftime.

Quick baskets from Virola and Ericka Blackwell-Boyden grew PC’s lead to six points, 37-31, and forced another timeout by the Spartans just 41 seconds into the third quarter.

After a timely three from Rylie Parkhurst cut the lead to just three, 41-38, a free throw from Lewis made it a two-point game with 4:29 left in the third.

Virola scored a contested jumper, sinking the subsequent free throw as well, and Hall beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to give PC an eight point lead, 53-45, after three quarters.

PC took control of the game and pulled away in the fourth quarter. A layup from Gibbs with 1:08 left in the game caped a 12-0 run by PC to make it 68-49.

For the Record

Presbyterian College improves to 4-11 (2-2 Big South) this season, while USC Upstate falls to 5-9 (1-2 Big South) on the year.

Notables

Kacie Hall scored 15 points to finish in double-figures for the 11th consecutive game and surpassed 700 career points. The junior also recorded a career-high six assists for the fourth time this season.

Salina Virola recorded her third double-double of the season, fourth career, with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. With the 10 rebounds, she passed Janie Miles (378) for eighth place in PC’s Division I era and now has 382 career rebounds.

Up Next

Presbyterian College welcomes Gardner-Webb to the Templeton Center for a 6:00 pm game on Tuesday, January 15.